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Benched 



Former U of T presidents George Connell (left) and John Evans test the new benches near Simcoe Hall dedicated 
recently to honour them on the occasion of their 80th birthdays. See story on page 9. 


Two new University Professors named 


BY AILSA FERGUSON 

Two of U of T’s top researchers — 
a geologist and a biologist — have been 
awarded the title University Professor, 
the highest academic honour the 
university accords its faculty. 

The appointment of Professors 
Barbara Sherwood Lollar of geol- 
ogy in the Faculty of Arts and Science 
and Marla Sokolowski of biology 
at U of T Mississauga was approved by 
Academic Board at its June 2 meeting. 

University Professors are chosen by 
a committee of distinguished schol- 
ars, chaired by the vice-president and 
provost. Selection is based on their 


unusual scholarly achievement and 
pre-eminence in their particular fields 
of knowledge. They receive a $ 10,000 
research stipend for five years and 
retain the title until retirement when it 
becomes University Professor Emeritus. 

Sherwood Lollar, an environmen- 
tal geoscientist and Canada Research 
Chair in Isotopes of the Earth and 
Environment, said she was surprised 
by the news. “The best way to put it 
would be to say I am still stunned by 
the news,” she said. “It is a tremendous 
honour and opportunity. I am deeply 
grateful to the University of Toronto 
and to the University Professors, all of 
whom are leaders in the powerful 


integration of their research and teach- 
ing efforts with public communication 
and impact on the community.” 
Contamination of groundwater 
resources with petroleum hydrocarbons 
and chlorinated solvents represents one 
of the most urgent challenges facing 
water quality today. Sherwood Lollar's 
research group was one of the first to 
use compound-specific stable isotopes 
to investigate controls on the origin, 
transport and fate of these low-level 
dissolved pollutants in the subsurface. 
In parallel with the development of 
her research program in contaminant 

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Three U of T professors among Top 40 Under 40 


BY ELAINE SMITH 

Good things must come in threes 
for U of T, since that’s the number of 
University of Toronto faculty members 
who have been named to the 2009 
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ list. 

Professors Ike Ahmed of ophthal- 
mology and vision sciences, Daniel 
Durocher of molecular genetics 
and Subodh Verma of surgery and 
pharmacology were among the 40 
Canadians under the age of 40 so 
honoured by the prestigious national 
awards program that recognizes stellar 
contributors in the private, public and 
not-for-profit sectors. Alumni Robert 
Normandeau, president and CEO of 
Clarke, Inc., and Dr. Eve Tsai, a neuro- 
surgeon and professor at the University 
of Ottawa, were also named to the list. 

Ahmed is the Department of 
Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences’ 
research fellowship director and is the 
director of the Glaucoma and Advanced 
Anterior Surgical Fellowship; he is based 
at Mississauga’s Credit Valley Hospital. 
Durocher is the Canada Research Chair 
in Proteomics, Bioinformatics and 
Functional Genomics. He is based at 
Mount Sinai Hospital where his research 
focuses on developing a global under- 
standing of DNA damage response. 
Verma, who is based at St. Michael’s 
Hospital, is the Canada Research 
Chair in Atherosclerosis and is 
working to understand the link 


between inflammation and hardening 
of the arteries so new medicines and 
procedures can follow. 

“The greatest asset of our Faculty of 
Medicine is the people who come here 
to learn, work, teach and improve the 
health of people around the world,” 
said Professor Catharine Whiteside, 
dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “It is 
very gratifying for this acknowledge- 
ment of the calibre of people I have the 
privilege to work with every day. The 


entire Faculty of Medicine takes great 
pride in the achievement of these indi- 
viduals and we join in extending our 
congratulations.” 

All three professors were delighted 
with their inclusion on the Top 40 list 
and expressed their thanks to those who 
made the award possible. 

“I am tmly humbled by this honour 
and thankful to the many friends, men- 
tors and colleagues who I work with 
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NSERC honours U ofT 
with multiple research prizes 

In addition, David LaFreniere of the 
University of Montreal, a winner of the 
John C. Polanyi Prize, was a post-doc- 
toral fellow at the University of Toronto 
at the time work for which he was hon- 
oured was done: the first-ever image of a 
planetary system outside our own solar 
system. The prize is named in honour of 
Polanyi, a University Professor of chem- 
istry and Nobel laureate. 

“Research helps create prosperity, 
not just in economic terms but socially 
and culturally as well. Science and 
technology are important tools for us 
to solve problems and make discover- 
ies that enhance the quality of life for 
Canadians and for people around the 


BY JENNIFER HSU 

The Natural Sciences and 

Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) 
celebrates exceptional examples of 
research excellence through a wide 
range of prizes, and U of T research- 
ers have won three of the prestigious 
awards: the Brockhouse Canada Prize 
for Interdisciplinary Research in Science 
and Engineering, given this year to U of T’s 
Centre for Coating Technologies 
(CACT); the EWR Steacie Memorial 
Fellowship, awarded to Professor Shana 
Kelley (pharmacy, medicine and bio- 
chemistry); and one of the NSERC Andre 
Hamer Postgraduate Prizes with Nadine 
Borduas (chemistry) earning master’s 
degree student honours. 


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2. NEWS 


TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 • UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BULLETIN 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 

Aging is ... 

considered a problem, not a natural progression, in our youth- 
oriented culture. Although it is universal and inescapable, most of 
us fight its effects, whether in healthy ways, with exercise and proper 
diet, or in superficial ways, with facelifts or Botox injections. 

Some of our fear of aging can probably be attributed to the west- 
ern lifestyle where the nuclear family unit is the focus and aging 
relatives are divorced from our daily rhythms and routines. But this 
shouldn’t be an excuse for neglecting to draw on the wisdom older 
Canadians have gained from their full lives and range of interesting 
experiences. And it’s important for all of us to discover role models 
for living rich, meaningful lives into old age. 

This issue of the Bulletin offers some splendid examples of lives 
lived fully and people whose experiences have much to offer all 
of us: Scarborough artist Doris McCarthy and former U of T 
presidents John Evans and George Connell. 

McCarthy (see page 5), whose paintings of icebergs are almost 
as familiar to Canadians as Group of Seven pieces, turns 100 next 
month and her calendar years have finally slowed her down a bit. 
But here’s a woman who met life head on, forging an art career 
for herself in the days when many women stayed home to raise 
families. Photos in the collection at U of T Scarborough’s Doris 
McCarthy Gallery show her at age 66 sitting in the Arctic snow, 
sketchpad in hand. Even today, travel to the Arctic is time-consum- 
ing and complicated, but this senior citizen was undaunted more 
than 30 years ago when it was undoubtedly far more challenging. 

Evans and Connell (see page 9), 
both about 80, remain engaged 
with the U of T community, regu- 
larly attending campus events. 

Retirement didn’t keep either 
of them from participating in 
the civic and economic life of 
their country — 65 was simply 
one birthday of many. Both 
men worked with the Canadian 
Foundation for Innovation after 
that magic age, Evans as chair, 

Connell as senior policy adviser. 

Among their other “retirement” 
activities: Connell served as a 
member of the Ontario Press Council and Evans founded the MaRS 
Discovery District, where he serves as chair. 

These are exceptional examples, of course, and we expect no 
less from our U of T leaders because excellence is our goal. But it’s 
a reminder to look at other elders differently, too. We won't know 
where they’ve been, what they’ve done and what wisdom they 
have to offer, unless we ask. 

Regards, 


Elaine Smith, editor 

elaine.smith@utoronto.ca 

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AWARDS & HONOURS 



FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCE & 
ENGINEERING 

Professor Edgar Acosta of chemical engi- 
neering and applied chemistry is the winner 
of the American Oil Chemists Society’s Young 
Scientist Research Award, recognizing a young 
scientist who has made a significant and sub- 
stantial contribution in one of the areas rep- 
resented by AOCS. Acosta received the award 
during the society’s annual meeting May 16 to 
19 in Phoenix, Ariz. Founded 1909, AOCS is a 
global scientific society with 4,500 members, 
open to all individuals and corporations who 
are interested in fats, oils, surfactants, detergents 
and related materials. 

Professor Cristina Amon, dean of the facul- 
ty, is this year’s recipient of Engineers Canada’s 
Award for the Support of Women in the 
Engineering Profession, in recognition of her 
dedicated and innovative efforts to attract more 
women to the profession and to U of T’s fac- 
ulty. Professor Constantin Christopoulos of 
civil engineering garnered the Young Engineer 
Achievement Award, given for outstanding con- 
tribution in a field of engineering by an engi- 
neer 38 years of age or younger, while Professor 
Greg Evans of chemical engineering is the win- 
ner of the Medal for Distinction in Engineering 
Education, awarded for exemplary contribu- 
tion to engineering teaching at a Canadian 


university. Award recipients were honoured at 
the Engineers Canada awards gala May 29 in 
Vancouver. 

Professor Levente Diosady of chemical engi- 
neering and applied chemistry has been selected 
to receive the Institute of Food Technologists' 
Babcock-Hart Award, given to a member of the 
institute whose contributions to food technol- 
ogy have resulted in improved public health 
through nutrition or more nutritious food. 
Diosady has developed techniques for fortifying 
staples such as salt, sugar and rice with micro- 
nutrients to combat vitamin deficiencies, which 
adversely affect some two billion people world- 
wide. He will be recognized at the annual meet- 
ing and food expo July 17 in Chicago. Diosady 
was also elected a fellow of the American Oil 
Chemists Society, an honour reserved for AOCS 
members whose achievements in science entitle 
them to exceptionally important recognition. 
He was honoured during the society’s annual 
meeting May 16 to 19 in Phoenix, Ariz. 

U OFT LIBRARIES 

Kent Weaver of Information Technology 
Services is the winner of the Canadian Library 
Association’s 2010 Award for the Advancement 
of Intellectual Freedom in Canada, given in 
recognition of his demonstrated commitment 
to intellectual freedom for academic librarians 
and marks the first time an academic librar- 
ian has received the award. “Kent has shown 
unprecedented national leadership in advocacy 
for the importance of academic librarians to the 
academic enterprise,” the announcement of the 
award states. Weaver received the award June 5 
during the CLA’s national conference and trade 
show in Edmonton. 


COMPILED BY AILSA FERGUSON 


UTSC mathematician wins 
Humboldt Research Award 


BY MARY ANN GRATTON 

Professor Ragnar-Olaf 
Buchweitz, a mathematician 
and former vice-principal 
(academic) and dean at U of T 
Scarborough, has won a 
Humboldt Research Award 
from Germany. 

This prestigious award 
recognizes a lifetime of 
achievement in research and 
is bestowed by the Alexander 
von Humboldt Foundation, a 
German-based organization 
that promotes academic co- 
operation between excellent 
scientists and scholars from 
abroad and from Germany. 

Awardees must be nomi- 
nated by a German academic 
and receive funds totalling 
60,000 euros (roughly $77,000 
Canadian), as well as getting 
the opportunity to spend 
up to a year co-operating on 
long-term research projects 
with colleagues at German 
research institutes. Another 
bonus is that “Humboldtians” 
join a large, worldwide net- 
work of fellows and are able 
to accept post-doctoral fellows 
sponsored by the foundation. 



Professor Ragnar-Olaf 
Buchweitz of mathematics 


Buchweitz said he plans to 
divide his research time over 
a three-year period. Currently 
in the city of Bochum in west- 
ern Germany, he will be pur- 
suing research projects with at 
least three universities: Ruhr 
University in Bochum, the 
University of Kaiserslautern in 
southwestern Germany and 
the University of Bielefeld 
in the northwest part of the 
country. He has also been 
invited to speak at universities 
in Saarbrucken and Munster 
and to attend various other 


professional activities and 
events. 

“I was delighted that I 
was awarded this prize,” 
Buchweitz responded via 
email from Europe. “I am also 
humbled by this wonderful 
recognition by the German 
scientific and academic com- 
munity. It’s a tremendous 
opportunity for me to con- 
tinue to strengthen collabora- 
tions with my colleagues in 
Germany, not just with my 
two nominators but also with 
several others.” 

Buchweitz’s research focuses 
on the mathematical fields 
of commutative algebra and 
algebraic geometry. He mainly 
uses tools from homological 
algebra, which some describe 
as the most abstract form of 
pure mathematics. Work he 
did 20 years ago on matrix fac- 
torizations has been picked up 
in recent years by theoretical 
physicists who see it as 
relevant to string theory. 

On June 22, the Humboldt 
Foundation will present 
the research award at a cer- 
emony at Berlin’s Schloss 
Charlottenburg Palace. 


KEN JONES 


UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BULLETIN • TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 


• NEWS. 3 


Policy reflects updated workplace 
harassment legislation 


BY ELAINE SMITH 

The University of Toronto 
already has its anti-workplace 
harassment and anti-violence 
policies in place to address 
changes to the province’s 
Occupational Health and 
Safety Act that come into 
effect June 15. 

The amendments contained 
in Bill 168 require employers to 
have written policies in place 
regarding both workplace 
harassment and workplace vio- 
lence, followed by preparation 
of programs to address these 
issues. Policies must be posted 
in the workplace and reviewed 
annually. 

Governing Council approved 
both U of T policies at its May 
13 meeting. The policies apply 
to employees on all three cam- 
puses. They are available online 
on the Governing Council 
website; the workplace harass- 
ment policy is available at 
\v WYV. govern ingcouncil. 
utoronto.ca/ AssetEactory. 
aspx?did=6991 and the 
workplace violence policy 
can be found at www. 
governingcouncil. 
utoronto.ca/ Asset 
Factory. aspx?did=6992. 

The legislation defines work- 
place harassment as “engag- 
ing in a course of vexatious 
comment or conduct against 
a worker in a workplace that is 
known or ought to be reason- 
ably known to be unwelcome.” 
Workplace violence is gener- 
ally defined as the exercise, or 


threatened or attempted exer- 
cise, of physical force against 
a worker in a workplace that 
causes or could cause him or 
her physical injury. 

“GENERALLY, THE 
UNIVERSITY IS A VERY 
SAFE WORKPLACE BUT 
WE ARE WELL VERSED 
IN DEALING WITH 
CASES OF HARASSMENT 
OR VIOLENCE WHEN 
THEY OCCUR.” 

Professor Angela Hildyard, 
vice-president 
(human resources and equity) 

Given U of T’s commitment 
to being an employer of choice, 
the university already has 
extensive measures and proce- 
dures to deal with issues of this 
nature. University offices such 
as equity offices and human 
resources have always dealt 
with issues involving harass- 
ment and violence. 

Under the new legislation, 
however, the university’s mea- 
sures and procedures must be 
documented so that employees 
who are experiencing work- 
place harassment or violence 
know where to go and what the 
university is doing to respond. 

The university already has 
an anti-workplace harassment 
program, otherwise known 
as the Human Resources 
Guideline on Civil Conduct 
(www.hrandequity. 
utoronto.ca/ Assets/ news/ 


civility .pdf?method= 1) , 

in place. The workplace vio- 
lence program, which is being 
finalized, will bring together 
many of the university’s exist- 
ing measures and clarify the 
institution’s response to these 
important issues. 

“Generally, the university is 
a very safe workplace but we 
are well versed in dealing with 
cases of harassment or violence 
when they occur, so this isn’t 
new territory,” said Professor 
Angela Hildyard, vice- 
president (human resources 
and equity). “It’s more a matter 
of making sure our employees 
know that there is a consistent 
approach to such situations.” 

Managers, supervisors and 
academic administrators will 
need to familiarize themselves 
with the policies and programs 
because they have responsibil- 
ity under the legislation for 
handling issues arising from 
workplace harassment or vio- 
lence among their employees. 

“They’ll be involved with 
reporting incidents of work- 
place violence, threats and 
attempts,” Hildyard said. 

Hildyard noted that there 
would also be administrative 
oversight of the most signifi- 
cant incidents by a tri-campus 
high-risk committee. The 
committee currently addresses 
these issues when they involve 
students. 

Additional communica- 
tions will be forthcoming as 
the details for the program are 
finalized. 


Knowledqe infrastructure is power 




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BY JENNIFER LANTHIER 

They’re the five little 
words homeowners never get 
to hear from contractors: on 
time and on budget. 

But one year after winning 
$151 million in government 
funding for capital proj- 
ects on all three campuses, 
work is right on track, said 
Nadeem Shabbar, chief 
real estate officer 

“We’re ahead of our sched- 
ule and we’re on budget,” 
Shabbar said. “It’s remark- 
able, given the complexity of 
this institution.” 

Last May officials from the 
Knowledge Infrastructure 
Program (KIP), a joint effort 
by federal and provincial 
governments, announced the 
program would give $70 mil- 
lion each to the University 
of Toronto Mississauga and 
the University of Toronto 
Scarborough to build instruc- 
tional and laboratory com- 


plexes. The St. George cam- 
pus also received $11 million 
in funding towards a $20 
million renovation of the 
Mining Building, a 100-year- 
old heritage building on 
College Street. 

The new buildings will fea- 
ture classrooms, lecture halls, 
labs, study areas and office 
space aimed at enhancing 
the student experience and 
accommodating increased 
enrolment. Renovations to 
the Mining Building will 
make all floors accessible 
from King’s College Road 
and include a range of green 
features such as grey water 
capture and rooftop photo- 
voltaic cells, as well as add- 
ing laboratory and studio 
space. 

Groundbreaking ceremo- 
nies took place last fall for 
the two new buildings and 
work on all three projects is 
scheduled for completion by 
March 2011. 


"What the government 
wants to see is what we call 
substantial completion by 
March 31, 2011, which is 
just around the corner,” said 
Shabbar. “That means there 
can be minor things that 
aren’t fully complete but the 
buildings have to be ready 
for us to move into them.” 

Because the completion 
date was non-negotiable, the 
university opted to do some 
of the preliminary work on 
the projects while waiting 
for KIP to decide on funding 
allocations. 

“We made a conscious 
decision that we’d spend our 
own money in advance to do 
RFPs and get construction 
firms on board because time 
was marching on and when 
they said go we had to hit the 
ground running,” Shabbar 
said. “Because we did that, 
when the government made 
its announcement, we were 
ready.” 


TALKING SCIENCE 



Graduate student volunteers hosted U of T's Let's Talk 
Science Challenge May 31. Pictured are: (back row) Kathleen 
Turner, Daniele Merico, Julie Mason and Paul Cassar; 
(front row) Elena Mahno, Achire Mbanwi and Noor Salman. 


Two deans to serve 
second terms 


BY ELAINE SMITH 

Professor Cristina Amon, 

dean of the Faculty of Applied 
Science and Engineering, and 
Professor Sioban Nelson, 
dean of the Lawrence S. 
Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, 
have each been reappointed. 

Amon will serve a second 
five-year term beginning July 
1 1 , 201 1 , while Nelson will 
serve a seven-year term begin- 
ning on the same date. 

Amon, who also holds 
the Alumni Chair of 
Bioengineering in Mechanical 
and Industrial Engineering, 
joined U of T in 2006 from 
Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon 
University. A trailblazer in the 
development of computational 
fluid dynamics for formulating 
and solving thermal design 
problems subject to multidisci- 
plinary competing constraints, 
she has made pioneering 
contributions to concurrent 
thermal designs, innovation 
in electronics cooling and 
transient thermal management 
of wearable computers. More 
recently, her research group 
has pioneered the develop- 
ment of numerical algorithms 
for nanoscale transport in 
semiconductors and bio- 
engineered devices. 

Author of more than 250 ref- 
ereed publications, Amon has 
been the recipient of numerous 
awards and honours, includ- 
ing the American Society 
for Engineering Education 
Westinghouse Award and 
the Engineers Canada Award 
for Support of Women in the 
Engineering Profession. She 
was elected to the National 
Academy of Engineering, 
the Canadian Academy of 
Engineering and the Spanish 
Royal Academy of Engineering. 

She is also active in profes- 
sional societies and executive 
boards and has served the 
engineering profession with 
distinction and dedication. 

Professor Cheryl Misak, 


vice-president and provost, 
praised her exceptional 
leadership, noting, “Pro- 
fessor Amon has been a 
champion of communication, 
co-operation, transpar- 
ency and increased diversity 
within the faculty. She has 
enhanced the high standards 
of its academic programs, 
strengthened its finances and 
increased both the faculty 
and its individual members’ 
profiles, both within the 
University of Toronto com- 
munity and internationally.” 

Nelson joined U of T in 
2006 after serving as head of 
the School of Nursing at the 
University of Melbourne. She 
is a leading nursing scholar 
and author of two books and 
four edited collections, includ- 
ing the acclaimed ‘Say little do 
much': nursing, nuns and hos- 
pitals in the nineteenth century 
(2001); and co-editor, with 
Suzanne Gordon, of the prize- 
winning Complexities of Care: 
Nursing Reconsidered (2006), a 
groundbreaking work on the 
challenges facing contempo- 
rary nursing. 

She is also editor-in-chief 
of Nursing Inquiry, a leading 
journal published by Wiley- 
Blackwells, Oxford, UK; and 
co-editor of the Culture and 
Politics of Healthcare Work, 
(Cornell University 7 Press). 

“The support for Professor 
Nelson’s reappointment 
reflects her outstanding lead- 
ership of the faculty during 
her first term as dean,” said 
Misak. “She has brought stabil- 
ity to the Bloomberg Faculty; 
has enhanced the stature of 
its academic programs and 
research; and has increased its 
profile within the University 
of Toronto and with the 
external community and pro- 
fessional partners. Professor 
Nelson has not only been a 
champion of the Bloomberg 
Faculty but also of the whole 
of the University of Toronto’s 
health sciences.” 


DIANA MCNALLY 




4. NEWS 


TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 • UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BULLETIN 


Two new University Professors named 


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hydrogeology, she built on her 
long-standing research inqui- 
ries into deep gases and fluids 
in the Earth, and her accom- 
plishments in this sphere 
are equally innovative and 
recognized. 

Director of the Stable 
Isotope Laboratory, Sherwood 
Lollar said she intends to use 
the stipend to continue to sup- 
port the efforts of the labora- 
tory in its research and teach- 
ing in the area of investigation 
of the Earth and the environ- 
ment. 

For Sokolowski, a Canada 
Research Chair in Genetics, 
the designation is equally 
thrilling. “I’m very excited 
about it, it’s an honour to be 
given it and to be in the same 
category with the people who 
have it,” she said. “You work 
very hard for many years on 
your research and teaching 
and it’s fantastic for it to be 


recognized at this level of 
accomplishment, at your own 
institution.” 

Sokolowski has pioneered 
studies of the genetic and 
molecular underpinnings of 
normal variation in behaviour, 
using the fruit fly Drosophila 
as a model. Her major focus 
has been the regulation of 
food-related behaviours and 
her team has uncovered genes 
and molecules that influence 
food intake and food-related 
locomotion in a variety of 
organisms. She is best known 
for her discovery of the forag- 
ing gene, a cGMP dependent 
protein kinase that encodes 
rover and sitter foraging 
behaviour in Drosophila. As 
well she is a trailblazer in the 
development of a new branch 
of the field of behaviour genet- 
ics that addresses the genetic 
and molecular bases of natu- 
ral individual differences in 
behaviour. 


Sokolowski sees the stipend 
as “an opportunity to maybe 
do something a little bit dif- 
ferent and reach out to an area 
you’ve been holding back on 
or that isn’t traditional for 
granting agencies to support 
or maybe you don’t have the 
preliminary data you need for 
a grant,” she said. “So it’s really 
nice to have it.” She said she 
had three possibilities in mind 
but “I’m just not sure which 
yet.” 

“It is a great pleasure to wel- 
come Barbara Sherwood Lollar 
and Marla Sokolowski into 
the ranks of the University 
Professoriate,” said Professor 
Cheryl Misak, vice-president 
and provost. “The depth and 
breadth of talent we have at 
the University of Toronto 
never fails to impress the com- 
mittee charged with deciding 
who, from an enormously 
strong list of nominees, will 
be awarded this distinction.” 


U of T professors among Top 40 Under 40 


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who put forward this nomina- 
tion,” said Verma. 

Ahmed also expressed 
gratitude to those who helped 
make the award possible. 

“This award means two 
things to me: recognition of all 
those in my life who supported 
and helped me to achieve suc- 
cess — my family, my mentors, 
my colleagues, my students, 
my friends and my patients — 
and recognition of innovation 
and out-of-the box thinking, 
challenging established ideas 
and assumptions and obses- 
sion with micro-surgical tech- 
nical skills with a passion for 


improving medical outcomes,” 
he said. 

Durocher concurred. 

“To me, it isn’t really a per- 
sonal honour as much as the 
recognition of the hard work 
that my students, post-doctoral 
fellows and technical staff 
have been doing. They deserve 
the recognition as much as 
I do,” Durocher said. “I also 
hope that the award will raise 
awareness of the important 
role that basic research plays 
in society.” 

The program, now in its 15th 
year, is managed by found- 
ing sponsor, The Caldwell 
Partners International. The 


successful candidates were 
selected from more than 1,200 
nominees by an independent 
advisory board, comprising of 
25 business leaders from across 
Canada. 

Honourees were chosen on 
five key criteria: vision and 
leadership; innovation and 
achievement; impact; com- 
munity involvement and 
contribution; and strategy for 
growth. 

Profiles of the winners 
appear in the June 7 issue of 
the Globe and Mail. They will be 
feted June 8 during an awards 
ceremony at the Canadian 
Broadcasting Centre. 


Honorary Degrees — Call for Nominations 

The Committee for Honorary Degrees welcomes nominations for honorary degrees to be awarded 
at convocations in 2011 and 2012. It will be meeting in September to consider nominations. 

The awarding of an honorary degree is an important statement of recognition and respect from the 
University to the broader community. The Committee is seeking individuals who have attained a 
standard of excellence in a particular field of endeavour or who are distinguished in some notable 
manner. Some of the factors considered by the Committee are whether there has been a particular 
accomplishment of note (for example, an important piece of scholarly work); connection or service 
to the University; service to the wider community; service to or influence on the arts; service to the 
nation; cross-cultural influence; and recognition by others of high achievement. 

Nomination forms are available on the website of the Governing Council at http://www. 
governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/bac/hd.htm. Although nominations are welcome at any time, the 
Committee requests that they be received no later than August 16. 2010 to allow their consideration 
by the Committee in September. 

Please send nominations to: 

Secretary, Committee for Honorary Degrees 
Office of the Governing Council 
Simcoe Hall, Room 106 
27 King’s College Circle 
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1 
Fax: 416-978-8182 

If you have any questions, or would like further information 
about the selection process, please contact 
the Committee Secretary, Mr. Henry Mulhall, 
at 416-978-8428 or henry. mulhall@utoronto.ca. 


UNIVERSITY OF 

TORONTO 


NSERC honours U of T with 
research prizes 


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world,” said NSERC president 
Suzanne Fortier in announcing 
the prize winners. 

Led by Professors Javad 
Mostaghimi and Sanjeev 
Chandra of mechanical and 
industrial engineering, Tom 
Coyle of materials science 
and engineering and research 
associate Valerian Pershin, 
CACT — an interdisciplinary 
thermal spray laboratory — 
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understanding of thermal 
spray technology, develops 
enhanced tools and materials, 
trains students and transfers 
knowledge to industry. 

Thermal spraying is an effi- 
cient and environmentally 
friendly method of applying 
metal or ceramic coatings. The 
technology is traditionally 
used in the automotive and 
aerospace industries but U of 
T researchers are finding new 
medical applications in depos- 
iting coatings on bone and 
dental implants and in renew- 
able energy, where it offers a 
low-cost method of manufac- 
turing fuel cells and solar 
panels. 

The Brockhouse Prize recog- 
nizes outstanding Canadian 
teams of researchers from differ- 
ent disciplines who have com- 
bined their expertise to produce 
achievements of outstanding 
international significance in the 
natural sciences and engineer- 
ing in the last six years. 

Also working to promote 
environmentally sound solu- 
tions is graduate student 
Borduas, whose Hamer Prize is 
awarded to the most outstand- 
ing candidates in NSERC’s 


master’s and doctoral scholar- 
ship competitions. Her interest 
lies in total synthesis — the 
creation of a complex organic 
product by executing chemi- 
cal reactions from simpler 
pieces. Most organic chemis- 
try is petroleum based and as 
the world’s limited supply is 
depleted, the need for new base 
material, such as carbon diox- 
ide and starch, will become 
necessary. 

Borduas intends to dem- 
onstrate the usefulness and 
efficiency of new but under- 
utilized forming reactions 
that will aid in the production 
of biological products. Her 
research results will particularly 
benefit fields concerned with 
the environment. Her work 
will provide new reliable tools 
for chemists to use when con- 
ducting synthesis of molecules 
for a biological product and 
help to advance the entire field 
of green chemistry. 

On the medical front, Kelley 
is improving technology for 
tuberculosis detection. In 
developing countries, infec- 
tious diseases result in millions 
of deaths each year that could 
be diminished with effective 
diagnostic techniques. By using 
nanomaterials to detect minis- 
cule traces of tuberculosis and 
creating a rapid testing system, 
Kelley hopes to implement her 
diagnostic system in communi- 
ties that cannot afford high- 
tech resources. 

The Steacie Fellowships are 
awarded to enhance career 
development of highly prom- 
ising faculty who are already 
earning a strong international 
reputation for original research. 



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ARTS NEWS. 5 


Exhibitions are centenary celebration for Doris McCarthy 


BY KELLY RANKIN 

Living life to the fullest is 
something most of us merely 
talk about. Doris McCarthy 
has been doing it for close to 
100 years. 

To mark the occasion of 
McCarthy’s 100th birthday July 
7, 2010 and to celebrate her re- 
markable life, an exhibition enti- 
tled Roughing It in the Bush: The 
Landscapes of Doris McCarthy 
will be held at her namesake gal- 
lery at U of T Scarborough and 
at the University of Toronto Art 
Centre (UTAC) from June 19 to 
July 24. 

This is not the 
first retrospective 
of McCarthy's 
pieces: “One of the 
joys of a long life,” 
pointed out Nancy 
Campbell, curator of the 
exhibition. But it will take an 
unusual focus, highlighting 
an area of McCarthy’s work 
that has been relatively unex- 
plored. 

“I was thinking to myself, 
What can I do to make this 


interesting to the viewers and 
also for Doris? I wanted to find 
a way to look at her work differ- 
ently because it’s been covered 
so extensively,” Campbell said. 

While doing her research for 
the exhibition, Campbell went 
into McCarthy’s archives and 
found her hard-edge abstract 
work, paintings such as Georgian 
Bay Abstract (1969) and Wave 
Movement #8 (1969) — work that 
has not received a great deal of 
attention. 

“When I saw all of the 
hard-edge canvases together I 
thought they would be amaz- 
ing for viewers to see,” said 
Campbell. But not 
to worry, Campbell 
assures viewers some 
of McCarthy’s better 
known works, such 
as the popular iceberg 
paintings, will also be on dis- 
play. 

The Doris McCarthy Gallery 
at UTSC will exhibit primarily 
the hard-edge abstract paint- 
ings, produced in the 60s 
and 70s, plus archival mate- 
rial, such as photographs of 


McCarthy sketching in the 
Arctic. At UTAC viewers will 
find some of the hard-edge 
work, as well as some of the art- 
ist’s better known canvases that 
bookend her abstract work. 

Reviewing the prolific 
and accomplished chronol- 
ogy that outlines the art and 
life of McCarthy, one can’t 
help turning to terms such 
as authentic, inspiration and 
pioneer. Campbell deliberately 
chose the title Roughing It in 
the Bush for this exhibition 
because it is one of her favou- 
rite books and because she saw 
some unique parallels between 
the life of the author, Susanna 
Moodie, and McCarthy. 

Like Moodie, McCarthy’s 
life was spent exploring ter- 
rain not immediately associ- 
ated with women. Moodie, a 
pioneer of pre-Confederation 
Canada, stmggled to create a 
new life for her family in the 
wilderness and McCarthy, 
whose works depicts a life- 
time of travel and fascination 
with the Canadian landscape, 
was a young girl determined 


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Artists and ethicists collaborate 
for Luminato festival 


BY KELLY RANKIN 

Does artistic response have 
a role to play in the discourse 
concerning international aid 
and development? What, if 
anything, can art bring to 
broader ethical debates? U of T 
will host a panel discussion to 
explore these questions as part 
of Toronto’s Luminato festival, 
June 1 1 to 20. 

The panel, African Issues 
and the Challenge of Artistic 
Response, presented by 
Luminato in partnership with 
U of T's Centre for Ethics and 
Volcano Theatre, takes place 
June 13 at 7 p.m. at the George 
Ignatieff Theatre. 

Panellists will discuss 
African issues and the place 
of artistic response in an arena 
more often dominated by 
international development 
discourse. Can art be a force 
for change in this context? 
Should it be? 

Participating in the discus- 
sion will be Professor James 
Orbinski of political science, 
a writer, doctor and former 
head of the Nobel-prize win- 
ning Medecins Sans Frontieres; 
Binyavanga Wainaina, play- 
wright of The Africa Trilogy’s 
Shine Your Eye, premiering 
at Luminato; and esteemed 
author and scholar Ngugi 
wa Thiong’o. 

As an unofficial Luminato fol- 
lowup to the panel, the Centre 
for Ethics extends the discussion 
of the art and ethics relationship 
by collaborating with Volcano 


Theatre in an experimental, 
immersive theatre work- 
shop entitled inFORMING 
CONTEN T, June 19 and 20 at 
the Gerald Larkin Building. 

“Moral questions often 
provide important resources 
for artistic expression and, 
on the other hand, artistic 
expression gives us access to 
our moral experience that is 
distinct from something like 

“MORAL QUESTIONS 
OFTEN PROVIDE 
IMPORTANT 
RESOURCES 
FOR ARTISTIC 
EXPRESSION...” 

Professor 
Melissa Williams 

philosophical inquiry,” said 
Professor Melissa Williams, 
director of the Centre for 
Ethics. 

The workshop begins with 
the premise that the challen- 
ges of ethical life can find their 
most illuminating expression 
through the arts, especially 
theatre. It will bring together 
ethics scholars, theatre direc- 
tors, choreographers and 
performing arts students from 
across Canada to generate 
new works of performance 
art. 

The first day of the work- 


shop starts with a series of 
short public performances 
by the ethics scholars. Rather 
than giving traditional aca- 
demic presentations, the eight 
U of T doctoral fellows and 
graduate associates from the 
Centre of Ethics have been 
asked to give pithy oral essays 
that together provide an over- 
view of a set of moral ques- 
tions in moral theory or in 
social practice. 

The topics, chosen by the 
scholars, convey what they 
think will be productive to the 
artists and will include envi- 
ronmental philosophy, the 
value of a lost species, race and 
humanitarian relief. 

The remainder of the week- 
end will be devoted to creating 
and producing performance 
pieces that respond to the 
essays. The directors, choreo- 
graphers and performing arts 
students will form creative 
teams, choose performance 
spaces available in and around 
the Gerald Larkin Building 
and then create and rehearse 
their performance pieces. 

The workshop concludes 
the evening of June 20 with a 
public plenary session compris- 
ing a presentation of the per- 
formances followed by a Q & A 
session. 

For more about the panel 
discussion see the Luminato 
website www.luminato. 
com. Details for the inFORM- 
ING CONTENT workshop are 
available at www. volcano, 
ca. 



Doris McCarthy's painting, Pre-Cambrian, will be on display 
as part of the centenary exhibition in her honour. 


to become an artist at a time 
when it was unusual for 
women to pursue careers and 
post-secondary education. 

However, McCarthy’s legacy 
goes beyond being a pioneer- 
ing female Canadian painter. 
She spent 40 years as a suc- 
cessful art teacher at Toronto's 
Central Technical School, was 


an active member of several 
art societies, an entrepreneur 
and a philanthropist. She 
has donated her home and 
studio, affectionately named 
Fool’s Paradise, to the Ontario 
Heritage Foundation along with 
a $500,000 endowment for 
future use as an artist’s residence 
and retreat. 


Museum studies aging well 


BY JENNIFER LANTHIER 

Museums — public or private 
— are a beloved trope of fic- 
tion, a source of mystery and 
intrigue for everything from 
novels and comic books to 
films. But in real life? 

“There’s a real push these 
days for social ethics in muse- 
ums,” said Professor Jennifer 
Carter of museum studies. 
“We’re talking about museums 
involving communities in 
programming, in exhibition 
development, in a much more 
open-ended way.” 

She cited the recent deci- 
sion by Pitt Rivers Museum in 
Oxford, England, to consult 
Haida peoples about its col- 
lection and the Royal Ontario 
Museum’s move to involve 
First Nations elders in the con- 
struction of its First Nations 
hall. 

“Museums, as colonial insti- 
tutions, developed their own 
categories for naming objects, 
so we’re looking at how we can 
make those categories more 
reflective of the communi- 
ties that used those objects,” 
Carter said. 

Museum studies is celebrat- 
ing 40 years at the University 
of Toronto and the program 
recently hosted a sold-out 
conference, Taking Stock: 
Museum Studies and Museum 
Practices in Canada. Students, 
alumni, faculty and museum 
professionals spent more than 
two days wrestling with topics 
from pedagogy to partnering 
with First Nations. 

“We wanted to take stock 
of what’s been done but also 


to think through and create 
new research alliances for the 
future,” said Carter, confer- 
ence chair. “We hope that we 
opened the door to different 
kinds of thinking and prac- 
tices.” 

Museums are as much about 
narratives as collections or dis- 
play and deciding what story 
you want to tell and how to 
tell it is a challenge, said mu- 
seum studies professor Lynne 
Teather. 

“We’re grappling with the 
thorniest issues of people’s 
cultures and how we represent 
them through the objects we 
hold or the way in which we 
show them and engage pub- 
lics,” Teather said. 

The trend in recent years 
towards memorial institutions 
such as Holocaust museums 
or museums based on an idea, 
such as human rights, rather 
than a collection, also presents 
challenges, said Carter. 

“How you present traumatic 
information is very sensitive 
and also how you institution- 
alize memory,” said Carter. 
“We’re talking about the role 
of museums in developing 
historical consciousness.” 

Teather, who began lectur- 
ing at the university in 1979, 
said “the conversation here 
has always been cutting edge.” 
She pointed to a student thesis 
from 1989 that argued north- 
ern museums could only work 
if communities and indig- 
enous peoples participated. 

“Many of our students have 
gone out to push practice, to 
be a conscience wherever they 
were working,” said Teather. 


TONI HAFKENSCHEID 



COURTESY OF VICKY SUNOHARA AARON VINCENT ELKAIM 


6 . CONVOCATION 2010 


TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 • UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BULLETIN 


A U of T degree to accompany Olympic gold 



Top: Vicky Sunohara carrying the Olympic torch. Bottom: Sunohara's twins Dreydan, (left) 
and Jarrett Sunohara-Thompson . 


BY KELLY RANKIN 

If it weren’t for a Boston burglar U of T wouldn't be calling Vicky 
Sunohara one of its own. 

Sunohara’s academic career began in 1988 with a full hockey schol- 
arship at Boston’s Northeastern University. However, two years later, 
after her apartment was broken into and her roommate was held up, she 
decided to come home. 

Coming back to Toronto marked the beginning of what was to 
become a remarkable career for Sunohara, although it didn’t seem that 
way at the time. “At this time things went astray,” said Sunohara. 

During the first two years after returning from Boston, Sunohara suf- 
fered a serious knee injury and was cut from the national team - the 
first time she had ever been cut from a team. “I was upset, I felt like such 
a failure. It really threw me for a loop, I wondered if I would ever play 
hockey again,” she said. 

Following this setback, Sunohara’s academics began to suffer. She 
stopped attending classes and even had a couple of incomplete courses. 

That summer Sunohara took a job as a lab technician at Cott beverag- 
es. "I enjoyed the independence that having an income provided, I had 
my own car,” she explained. In the fall she accepted a full-time position 
with the company and put school on hold. 

For the next couple of years she played club hockey while working at 
Cott. Eventually Sunohara started her hockey comeback, crediting her 
family, friends and Karen Hughes, her club hockey and U of T coach, for 
their encouragement. 

In 1996, Sunohara made the Canadian national team and her hockey 
star continued to rise. She went on to play for six world championship 
gold medal teams and Canada’s Olympic hockey team, taking silver in 
1998 and gold in 2002 and 2006. 

In spite of her success at the rink, Sunohara still had one regret. She 
hadn’t finished university. “I’d like to think I wasn’t a quitter and it was 
my biggest regret. I hate starting things and not finishing them.” 

Sunohara said the motivation to return to U of T came while attend- 
ing a ceremony for U of T Olympians at the president's house after the 
2006 Olympics. 

In a conversation with Liz Hoffman, director of varsity athletics, 
and Professor Bruce Kidd, dean of Faculty of Physical Education and 
Health (FPEH), Sunohara mentioned she wanted to return to school. 
Both said they expected to hear from her and recommended she speak 
to Gretchen Kerr, associate dean (undergraduate education) at FPEH, 
and Tim Linden in the undergraduate office. 

“They [all of her FPEH contacts] were so great in helping me out, 
advising me on what 1 needed to do to go back. They made it easier for 
me, these people really helped me out a lot,” said Sunohara. 

Sunohara graduates this spring with a bachelor of physical and health 
education. She finished her coursework in June 2009, just months before 
the Sept. 6 birth of her twin sons, Jarrett and Dreydan, and in time to 
carry the Olympic torch in December. 

“Finishing school is a huge accomplishment to me. It’s one of those 
goals that you have to get done. I would tell anyone to go back, but it 
was tough. I’m really proud of it. My degree will go on my wall before 
my Olympic medals,” said Sunohara. 


Dora the university explorer joins 


BY KELLY RANKIN 

No one can accuse Dora Kimberley 

of acting irrationally. 

Like any project manager might, 
Kimberley considered her options, 
gathered the appropriate information 
and, in 1989, made an informed deci- 
sion to apply to U of T. 

At first, Kimberley considered becom- 
ing a speech-language pathologist 
after years of watching her brother and 
nephew, both born with cleft palates, 
struggle to communicate with a world 
too impatient to listen. 

As a child, Kimberley admired her 
brother’s speech-language pathologist 
and she would play speech exercise 
games with her brother. Years later, 
while talking to her nephew Kimberley 
realized she had no trouble understand- 
ing him; she had developed an ear for 
his speech pattern. “It was then that I 


thought there was an opportunity for a 
career change,” said Kimberley. 

Although the decision to apply to 
U of T was made, it would be another 
eight years before Kimberley entered 
the Woodsworth College pre-univer- 
sity program, now called, the Millie 
Rotman Shime Academic Bridging 
Program. Her decision to enrol was 
delayed by daunting thoughts of quali- 
fying for a graduate degree in speech- 
language pathology. Then, one day, she 
let go of her agenda. “Attending uni- 
versity did not have to be about a career 
change,” Kimberley said. 

“I was sitting at my desk in this law 
firm with a beautiful view overlooking 
the lake when I said to myself, There 
will be one thing I will regret when I 
get to the end of my life and that is not 
going to university,” said Kimberley. 
She was finally ready to act on her deci- 
sion. After successfully completing the 


class of 2010 

pre-university program, she entered 
U of T as a part-time student in 1998. 

As an accounting project manager, 
Kimberley was used to logical and 
analytical thinking. At university she 
learned about critical thinking, analy- 
sis, being engaged and discovering 
what happens on a primordial level. 

For her, university wasn’t about build- 
ing confidence or proving something, 
it was really about the process and 
the learning. Kimberley described her 
university experience as an aspect of 
becoming fully human. 

“For me, university is the place where 
faith meets reason.” 

Kimberley said Woodsworth really 
prepared her for university, giving her 
the tools she needed to get started. “I 
didn’t feel intimidated about walking 
into a classroom, I knew I had the skills 
and confidence to write an essay,” said 
Kimberley. 



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Dora Kimberley 

Kimberley graduates with high dis- 
tinction this June with a bachelor of 
arts, specialist in English. 



UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BULLETIN • TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 


CONVOCATION 2010.7 



Convocation inspires 
young and old. Even 
a rain shower can't 
dampen the spirits. 
Clockwise from top 
right: Honorary degree 
recipient Preston 
Manning (right) 
addressed the June 3 
graduates. Graduates 
(left to right) Navneet 
Singh, MD; Arnold 
Jacob, MD; Melissa Ho, 
MD; and Gursharan 
Soor, MD, pose for 
pictures as the rain 
starts falling. University 
of Toronto benefactor 
Terrence Donnelly takes 
a snapshot of the proud 
graduates. Professor 
Mike Wiley (surgery) 
poses with his son, 
newly minted physician 
Joe Wiley. MD/PhD 
graduate Martin Hyrcza 
with his daughter. 





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NEWS. 9 


It takes one man to raise a village 


BY JENNIFER LANTHIER 

“I’m in Guatemala for a 

few days — on the chicken bus 
right now,” reads the email. 

When the Bulletin wanted 
help finding faculty to explain 
why people volunteer, it 
turned to Ken McGuffin. 

But the manager of media rela- 
tions for the Rotman School of 
Management was “on an old 
Bluebird bus” in the moun- 
tains of Guatemala. 

Where, it turned out, 
McGuffin volunteers — visit- 
ing as often as five times a 
year. 

Better known as Rotman's 
go-to guy for reporters, in his 
spare time McGuffin, 39, sup- 
ports a middle school in the 
village of El Triunfo, a coffee 
co-operative, Cafe Justica, 
and a co-operative of women 
weavers, Asociacion Maya 
De Desarollo. Over the years, 
he's experienced one volcanic 
eruption and half a dozen 
earthquakes. But he’s also 
discovered a bar owned by a 
Canadian ex-pat where he can 
catch hockey games. 

“I have the long weekend 
trip perfected,” said McGuffin. 
“If I leave early Thursday 
morning I can be in the area 
of the village by the end of the 
day.” 

McGuffin has been help- 
ing people in Guatemala for 
16 years — ever since, as an 


undergraduate studying reli- 
gion and political science at 
Wilfred Laurier University, he 
visited Central America for the 
first time. 

“I had done readings on 
U.S. foreign policy and the 
war in El Salvador and I 
thought it would be fabulous 
to go to some of these places,” 
McGuffin said. “Guatemala 
really grabbed 
me — the war 
was still going 
on, and the 
repression, and 
I said to myself, 

I'm going to 
help out some of 
these people.” 

When he returned home 
McGuffin created a calendar 
using photographs from the 
trip and sold it, divvying up 
the money between three 
groups he’d met in Guatemala. 
One group, the Asociacion 
Maya De Desarollo, responded 
with thanks and the sugges- 
tion that he help sell their 
goods. For the next 12 years, 
McGuffin sold bags and 
scarves at outdoor festivals 
and markets. 

“I’ve scaled back because of 
work,” he said. “But I still have 
a space at St. Lawrence Market 
on Saturdays.” 

When Hurricane Stan hit 
Guatemala in 2005, McGuffin 
travelled to Guatemala to see 
the results for himself and the 


experience moved him to raise 
money for families left home- 
less by the disaster. 

“People are poor and the 
houses tend to be made of 
adobe, with tin roofs,” he said. 
“They’re literally on the side 
of a mountain and not built to 
withstand a week’s worth of 
rain or mudslides. Five houses 
were uninhabitable so we 

gave each fam- 
ily money to 
buy concrete 
blocks and 
rebar so they 
could rebuild 
and in the 
subsequent 
months we raised enough 
money to help another five 
families rebuild.” 

As McGuffin’s ties to the 
community grew, he faced 
new challenges. One day a 
two-page letter arrived from 
a villager, an illiterate father 
of seven. Written in eloquent 
Spanish, the letter explained 
that government funding 
only provided schooling up 
to Grade 6 and the man's two 
elder daughters could not con- 
tinue their schooling since he 
could not afford the private 
school fees. 

"The letter asked me to help 
empower indigenous women 
through education,” McGuffin 
said. “To this day I don’t know 
who wrote the letter but how 
could I say no?” 


U of I 

volunteers 


Presidents emeritii honoured 
for their 80 th birthdays 


BY JENNIFER LANTHIER 

They share a keen intel- 
ligence, quick wit, endur- 
ing friendship and now, a 
matched pair of benches over- 
looking Simcoe Hall in rec- 
ognition of their years at the 
helm of the university. 

With spouses, children and 
grandchildren looking on, 
President Emeritus John Evans 
(1972-1978) and President 
Emeritus George Connell 
(1984-1990) tried out the new 
benches, just steps away from 
two oak trees planted 10 years 
ago in their honour. 

“Just as the trees are side 
by side, so will the benches 
be side by side, in honour of 
these two great citizens of the 
university,” said President 
David Naylor. 

Evans, who turned 80 last 
fall, and Connell, who turns 
80 later in June, “both served 
during very important peri- 
ods when the university was 
undergoing transitions,” said 
Naylor. 

“It’s terrific to have them 
here to celebrate. Both of them 
in different ways made abso- 
lutely critical contributions.” 


Connell, a former professor 
and chair of the Department 
of Biochemistry at U of T, also 
served as president of the 
University of Western Ontario 
from 1977 to 1984. An offi- 
cer of the Order of Canada 
and principal adviser to the 
Krever Inquiry on Canada’s 
blood donor system, he is also 
a brilliant strategist, Naylor 
said, who produced a seminal 
document on long-range 
planning. 

“George also set the stage for 
fundraising which has been 
a big part of the university’s 
continued success,” Naylor 
said, “and he drove a lot of the 
development in graduate stud- 
ies and research differentia- 
tion.” 

Evans, founding dean of 
the faculty of medicine at 
McMaster University before 
becoming U of T president, 
is widely regarded as one of 
the founders of the biotech- 
nology industry in Canada. 
Chair of the board of directors 
of MaRS Discovery District, 
he was founding director of 
the Population, Health and 
Nutrition Department of the 
World Bank and is a fellow of 


the Royal Society of Canada 
and a companion of the Order 
of Canada. 

Many of the current struc- 
tures of governance at U of T 
were put in place during 
Evans’ time in office, Naylor 
said. 

The ceremony was serious, 
but it had its lighthearted 
moments, too. 

“I believe my bench is sup- 
posed to be gold,” said a dead- 
pan Evans. “And where are the 
cushions?” 

As guests toasted the for- 
mer presidents and Evans 
and Connell sparred over 
whose oak tree was taller, 
undergraduate Faculty of Arts 
and Science student Hernan 
Bancalari approached the 
now-deserted benches and 
took a spot in the sun next to 
the plaque explaining Evans' 
contributions to the univer- 
sity. As OISE student Diana 
Ortiz joined Bancalari, Naylor 
and Evans congratulated them 
on being the first to use the 
benches. 

“I can’t believe it,” Bancalari 
said. “I was just looking for a 
place to sit and I get to meet all 
these presidents.” 



Ken McGuffin (centre) poses with students from the village 
middle school, Instituto Mixto De Educacion Basica Por 
Cooperativa Caserio El Triunfo, in El Triunfo, Guatemala. 


McGuffin paid for scholar- 
ships for the daughters to 
attend private school but, with 
other children in the village 
also needing help, he realized 
it would be more cost-effective 
to support the entire commu- 
nity. Working with the local 
economic development coun- 
cil he devised a plan to house 
the middle school inside the 
primary school. 

“The primary school kids 
go to school for half-days, 
from 7:30 a.m. to noon, so we 
realized the Grade 7, 8 and 9 
kids could go from 1 p.m. to 
6 p.m.,” McGuffin said. 

With the help of Bloor Street 
United Church, McGuffin 
raised enough money to 
purchase supplies, hire local 
teachers and provide small 
scholarships to subsidize 
students and their families. 
Throughout it all, McGuffin 
focused on “small, measured 
steps” supported by the 
community. 

“We’re not really trying to 
create doctors and lawyers 
and rocket scientists,” he 
said. “We’re talking about a 
situation where both parents 
may be illiterate and just hav- 
ing better literacy skills will 


improve their children’s life 
experience.” 

Now in its third year, the 
middle school boasts 65 stu- 
dents and work is underway 
to expand the building to 
add high school classes. With 
the school’s needs growing, 
McGuffin turned to Pueblito 
Canada, a Toronto-based inter- 
national development agency, 
to handle donations. (To read 
more about the project and 
how to donate go to http:// 
tinyurl.com/364ugn6.) 

“Many of the kids are sons 
and daughters of the weavers 
that I’ve known for 10 or 15 
years,” he said. “Many of the 
kids who might have been 
hiding behind their mothers’ 
skirts 10 years ago are now in 
school.” 

McGuffin himself is 
now woven into the fabric of 
the village, scheduling some 
of his visits so he can be there 
for weddings and holidays. 

“Some years I’ve spent 
Christmas and New Year’s in 
the village and it’s not a peace- 
ful or silent night,” he said. 
“Christmas Eve at midnight 
pretty much everybody in the 
entire country shoots off 
fireworks.” 


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Rentals Available 
• Metro & Area • 

Attention U of T visitors. Affordable, 
luxurious, bright, furnished apartments. 
Home away from home. Includes your 
every need: walkout to sundeck, appli- 
ances, linens, dishes, TV, DVD, AC, park- 
ing, laundry, Internet, utilities. 10 min- 
utes from U of T and hospitals. Chrissie, 
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Furnished apartments and privately 
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long term. Upscale, executive quality. 
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pricing, www.silkwoodproperties.com 
or e-mail paulette.warren@silkwood- 
properties.com; 416-410-7561. (Property 
owners can list with us.) 

Visiting scholars to U of T with children, 
pets may be interested in renting a 
detached bungalow. Walking distance 
to subway, 20-minute ride to St. George 
campus and teaching hospitals. Call 
416-239-0115, ext. 3. 

Home is more than where you hang 
your hat. Unique furnished rentals in 
Toronto's most vibrant neighbourhoods. 
Marco Enterprises, 416-410-4123. www. 
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Avenue/Dupont. Spacious 1 -bedroom 
with balcony in clean, quiet low-rise 
building, laundry in building, close to 
UC, shopping and U of T. View daily, 
call 416-923-4291. 

Downtown. Fully furnished bachelor, 
one- and two-bedroom condos, close to 
hospitals and U of T. Most have ensuite 
laundry, balcony, gym, 24-hour secu- 
rity. Clean, bright, tastefully furnished. 
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Immediately. Rathnelly. Immaculate stu- 
dio in quiet home. Fully furnished and 
equipped. Just bring your suitcase. Walk 
to U of T, hospitals, Yorkville. Separate 
entrance; laundry access. Everything 
included. $780. cooney@booksforbusi- 
ness.com; 416-944-0832. 

Reno'd bright 2-bedroom basement 
apartment. Opens on backyard. Eglinton- 
Spadina. Quiet, near transit, school, 
track, rink. Private entrance & laundry. 
Large kitchen & bathroom. Dishwasher, 
Jacuzzi. Parking. $1, 200/month inclusive. 
agi.lukacs@utoronto.ca 

South Annex. Large VA bedroom sunny 
apartment. New kitchen opens to gar- 
den/deck. Harwood floors. Very quiet. 
Owner-occupied house. Seeking mature 
congenial tenant. Suit academic. $1,500. 
iknowlman@hotmail.com 

Annex and Queen West — Cheerful 
and bright 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apart- 
ments. Well-maintained and renovated 
Victorian homes. In the heart of down- 
town, walk to public transit, universities, 
teaching hospitals and amenities. For 
pictures, go to www.arentals.ca or call 
416-535-6230 ext. 250. 


Annex, Spadina and Harbord. Bright, 
airy 1-bedroom apartment, painted in 
neutral colours, on 3rd floor of Victorian 
house in respectable neighbourhood, 
two-minute walk to Robarts Library. Tall 
windows, 4-piece bath, kitchen with 
stove and fridge, oak floors throughout, 
private external entry, semi-furnished 
with bed, love seat, kitchen table, extra 
wardrobe, dresser and bookshelf. All- 
inclusive. $1,200 per month, 12-month 
lease, available. 416-925-6716 zakosh@ 
me.com 

Three-bedroom furnished house in 
Upper Beaches, Woodbine/Gerrard. 
Lovely trees, quiet, street parking for 
one car. 35 minutes from University 
Ave. Subway/streetcar. Steinway grand 
piano possibly included. Available 
August or September. $2,700 plus utili- 
ties, j.reynolds@utoronto.ca or 416-690- 
8884. 

Annex/U of T area. September/October. 
Owners sublet. 1-bedroom + den condo. 
Furnished, fully equipped. High-speed 
Internet + local phone. Photos available. 
Suit 1 person or couple. $1, 800/month. 
References. devora_r@sympatico.ca; 
416-944-2640. 

St. Clair and Christie. 1 -bedroom apart- 
ment in house, residential street. New 
reno & appliances. Modern, bright, spa- 
cious, A/C, heated floors. Walk-in closet, 
ensuite laundry, soaker bathtub, close 
to UC, shopping. No smoking, no pets; 
viewit.ca #98633; liane@web.ca; 416- 
399-1135. 

Bloor and Bathurst area. Bright and 
newly renovated three bedrooms, fur- 
nished. Close to subway, parks, shop- 
ping. 5-10 minutes' walk to U of T, hospi- 
tals. Shared large kitchen. No smokers, 
no pets. $700 each room, or $2,100 for 
the whole flat. 416-531-6278 or 647-229- 
6278. 

Annex. Bathurst and Bloor. Victorian. 
Close to subway, U of T, hospitals, shop- 
ping, Christie Pitts Park. 2nd and 3rd 
floors. Living room, 3 bedrooms, dining, 
kitchen, washroom. Hardwood floors. 
$2,300 all inclusive. Bartolomeo. Parete@ 
rogers.com 

Furnished bachelor accommodation 
for academics or visiting professors 
or commuting professors. Bloor and 
Bathurst. $600. Shawn. 416-531-8003. 

Kensington: 1 -bedroom suite, main 
floor of house. Newly renovated. Bright, 
large eat-in dining/kitchen. Hardwood 
floors. Suitable for single or couple. Full 
bathroom. Walkout to small backyard 
garden. 10 minutes from U of T and 
University Avenue, hospitals. Shared 
laundry room in basement with sepa- 
rate entrance. $1,500 including utilities. 
Garage space available for additional 
$150. Currently available. Contact: email, 
Gerjugrayson@aol.com; 416-703-6648. 

Bay/Wellesley. Furnished apartment 
to sublet September to May. Ideal 
for visiting professor. One bedroom + 
solarium/study. Ensuite laundry, dish- 
washer, exercise room. Convenient to 
campus, shops, subway, restaurants. 
$1, 650/month inclusive. No smoking/ 


pets. Contact leduc@chass.utoronto.ca 
or 613-382-7622. 

Glorious, sunny, 1,200 sq. ft. two-storey 
modern penthouse loft, ten-minute walk 
to University/hospitals. 20-foot ceilings, 
floor to ceiling windows, southern expo- 
sure, private deck, killer views. Master 
king, queen mezzanine. VA bathrooms, 
indoor parking, washer/dryer, "soaker" 
bathtub, gas stove, bamboo flooring, 
Miele dishwasher, shared garden, A/C, 
utilities included. Available furnished 
September 2010. $2,900 per month. One- 
year minimum preferred. Contact Ben 
(U of T prof) or Julie at 416-977-5855; 
julieblencowe@gmail.com 

Bloor West 1-bedroom apartment, 
$1,500 inclusive, July 1. Bright immacu- 
late renovated top floor with high ceil- 
ings, skylight, deck, bedroom big enough 
for a king-size bed with lots of closet 
space, hardwood floors. Pets OK. Steps 
to Dundas West subway station, grocery 
and drug stores. Available unfurnished 
or furnished. 416-806-3423 or www. 
lorusso.ca for pictures. 

Close to the subway. Bright, spacious 
3-bedroom house: eat-in kitchen, patio, 
porch, gardens — Toronto's east end. 
Quiet neigbourhood close to many 
things. Long-term rental for July 24, 
2010. nellhotke@hotmail.com for pic- 
tures and inquiries. 

Short term rental. Funky open concept 
renovated 4 bedroom. Furnished house 
and garage. Available July Ist-August 
31st. Was a grocery store. 2,000 sq. ft. 
Two floors. Washing machine and dryer. 
Small backyard garden. Modern kitchen 
hardwood floors, A/C. Conveniently 
located at Davenport and Lansdowne on 
bus line to U of T. Would suit professors 
or grad students with family. $1,800/ 
month. Serious inquiries only, please 
416-656-0888. 

• Home Exchange • 

Going on a Sabbatical? www. 
SabbaticalHomes.com (est. 2000) is the 
online directory of sabbatical home list- 
ings for academics visiting Toronto or 
temporarily leaving. Find or post accom- 
modations to rent, exchange or sit at 
www.SabbaticalHomes.com 

• Vacation • 

Eastbourne cottage rental, Lake Simcoe. 
Golf, tennis, swim, relax. Charming, 
comfortable 4-bedroom family cottage 
with modern conveniences. 60 minutes 
from downtown Toronto. Two-week 
minimum, monthly, seasonal. No pets. 
All utilities. 416-924-4536, atthirdtee@ 
primus. ca 

Muskoka cottage for rent. Beautiful 
large, 3-bedroom Muskoka cottage. 
Near Gravenhurst. VA hours from 
Toronto on picturesque lake. Great 
views, sandy beach. Ideal for weekend 
getaways or longer vacations year- 
round, now booking for spring/summer 
holidays! Excellent road access yet 
wonderfully private. 416-782-4530. 

• Overseas • 

Paris. Upscale, comfortable and cen- 
trally located furnished apartments in 


Notre Dame, Marais and Saint Germain. 
Please contact 516-977-3318 or coopergl 
@gmail.com; website: www.rentals-paris. 
com; personalized Paris apartment hunt- 
ing services too, www.paris-aparts.com 

Provence. South of France. Furnished 
three-bedroom house, picturesque 
Puyloubier, 20 km from Aix. Available 
from July for short- or long-term rental. 
Please contact Beth at 416-588-2580 
or b.savan@utoronto.ca; website: www. 
maisonprovencale.org 

South of France. Furnished one-bedroom 
house with terrace, WiFi, washer, BBQ; 
sleeps 5, in picturesque Les Salces, 10 
km from Lodeve and Clermont I'Herault 
west of Montpellier. From $1 ,200/month 
inclusive. Contact Beth at 416-533- 
8844, b.savan@utoronto.ca; Website: 
www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/ 
P252988 

Paris. Gare Montparnasse (14th arr), 
1-bedroom, bright, spacious, located in 
modern building. Available 3 months 
minimum. Neighbourhood of cafes, 
cinemas, shops, close to Luxembourg 
Gardens. Remarkable location with CDG 
airport shuttle at door, 4 metro, several 
bus lines, TGV trains to Atlantic shore. 
Suits one person or couple, furnished 
and fully equipped. High-speed Internet 
and local phone. Available; a.chambon@ 
utoronto.ca 

Health Services 

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY. 

For relief of muscle tension, chronic 
pains and stress. Treatments are part 
of your extended health care plan. 
360 Bloor St. West, Suite 504 (Bloor/ 
Spadina). For an appointment call Mindy 
Hsu, B.A., R.M.T. 416-944-1312. 

Feeling anxious, stressed or depressed? 
Relationship or self-esteem concerns? 
Want someone to talk with, to help 
sort things out? Dr. Ellen Greenberg, 
Psychologist, Bloor & Avenue Road or 
Eglinton West Subway, 416-944-3799. 
Covered by extended health. 

Dr. Neil Pilkington (Psychologist). 
Assessment and individual, couples and 
group cognitive-behaviour therapy for: 
anxiety/phobias, depression/low self- 
esteem, stress and anger management, 
couples issues and sexual identity/orien- 
tation concerns. Staff/faculty healthcare 
benefits provide full coverage. Morning, 
afternoon and evening appointments. 
Downtown/UC. 416-977-5666. E-mail 
dr.neil.pilkington@rogers.com 

Psychotherapy for personal and rela- 
tionship issues. Individual, group 
and couple therapy. U of T extended 
health plan provides coverage. For a 
consultation call Dr. Heather A. White, 
Psychologist, 416-535-9432, 140 Albany 
Avenue (Bathurst/Bloor). drhwhite@ 
rogers.com 

Evelyn Sommers, Ph D., Psychologist, 
provides psychotherapy and counselling 
for individuals and couples from age 17. 
Covered under U of T benefits. Yonge/ 
Bloor. Visit www.ekslibris.ca; call 416- 
413-1098. 

Individual psychotherapy for adults. 
Evening hours available. Extended bene- 


fits coverage for U of T staff. Dr. Paula 
Gardner, Registered Psychologist, 114 
Maitland St. (Wellesley and Jarvis). 416- 
570-2957. 

Psychoanalysis & psychoanalytic psy- 
chotherapy for adolescents, adults, 
couples. U of T extended health ben- 
efits provide coverage. Dr. Klaus 
Wiedermann, Registered Psychologist, 
1033 Bay St., ste. 204, tel: 416-962-6671. 

Dr. Cindy Wahler, Registered 
Psychologist. Yonge/St. Clair area. 
Individual and couple psychotherapy. 
Depression, relationship difficulties, 
women's issues, health issues, self- 
esteem. U of T extended healthcare plan 
covers psychological services. 416-961- 
0899. cwahler@sympatico.ca 

Dr. Carol Musselman, Registered 
Psychologist. Psychotherapy for 
depression, anxiety, trauma and other 
mental health needs, relationship prob- 
lems, issues related to gender, sex- 
ual orientation, disability. Covered by 
extended health plans. 455 Spadina 
(at College), #211. 416-568-1100 or 
cmusselman@oise. utoronto.ca; www. 
carolmusselman.com 

Sam Minsky, PhD (Registered 
Psychologist). Individual and couple 
psychotherapy and counselling covered 
under U of T extended health plan. Close 
to downtown campus. 647-209-9516. 
sam.minsky@sympatico.ca 

Miscellany 

Professional transcribing service avail- 
able for one-on-one or multi-person 
interviews, focus groups, etc. 20+ years 
of experience at U of T. References 
available. Call Diane at 416-261-1543 or 
e-mail dygranato@hotmail.com 

Dicta Transcription. Digital, CD and 
casette equipment available for focus 
groups, qualitative reports, one-on-one 
interviews, etc. Reliable and profes- 
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A classified ad costs $30 for up to 35 
words and $.50 for each additional word 
(maximum 70). Your phone number/ 
e-mail address counts as two words. 

A cheque or money order payable to 
University of Toronto must accompany 
your ad. Visa or Mastercard is accept- 
able. Ads must be submitted in writ- 
ing, 10 days before the Bulletin publi- 
cation date, to Mavic Ignacio-Palanca, 
Strategic Communications Department, 
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addressed envelope. For more informa- 
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EVENTS, ii 



LECTURES 


Modern Memoirs and 
Bloomsbury's Memoir Club. 
Wednesday, June 16 

Prof. Em. S.P. Rosenbaum, English. 119 
Northrop Frye Hall, Victoria University. 7 
p.m. Friends of Victoria University Library 


SEMINARS 


Hematogenous Dissemination 
Mechanisms of Pathogenic 
Spirochetes. 

Monday, June 14 

Tara Moriaty, University of Calgary. 237 
FitzGerald Building. 11:30 a.m. Dentistry 

India's Past and Present: 

How History Informs 
Contemporary Narrative. 

Monday, June 14 

Prof. Em. Romila Thapar, Jawaharlal 
Nehru University. Vivian & David 
Campbell Conference Facility, Munk 
School of Global Affairs. 3 p.m. 
Registration: www.munkschool. 
utoronto.ca. Munk School of Global 
Affairs and International Development 
Research Centre 


MEETINGS & CONFERENCES 


Curation Matters: The First Digital 
Curation Institute Conference. 
Wednesday, June 16 and 
Thursday, June 17 

This conference will promote the 
research in the area of digital curation, 
refine the DCI model and take the first 
steps towards defining its research 
agenda. Topics will include modelling 


for digital curation; Plato digital 
preservation planning software; 
integrated knowledge facilitation, 
architectural design and infrastructure 
management in digital curation; and 
digital curation activities in Asia, 
Australia, New Zealand and the United 
States. 728 Claude T. Bissell Building, 
140 St. George St. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Detailed information: http://dci.ischool. 
utoronto.ca/index.html. 


EXHIBITIONS 


THOMAS FISHER RARE BOOK 
LIBRARY 

Leaves of Enchantment, Bones of 
Inspiration: The Dawn of Chinese 
Studies in Canada. 

To September 17 

The Mu Collection, a major and 
significant Chinese rare book collection 
in North America, contains about 2,300 
titles and 40,000 volumes, spanning the 
period from the Song Dynasty (960- 
1297) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). 
The exhibition will highlight the finest 
part of the collection with a broad 
coverage of subject areas; curated by 
Stephen Qiao, China studies librarian. 
Hours: Monday to Friday, 1 a.m. to 
5 p.m. 

doris McCarthy gallery 
U OF T SCARBOROUGH 
Doris McCarthy: 

Roughing It in the Bush. 

June 19 to July 24 
On the occasion of Doris McCarthy’s 
100th birthday in July. A selection 
of rarely seen hard-edge paintings, 
primarily from the 1960s, provide a 
departure point from which to examine 
the Canadian landscapes that McCarthy 
has become known for. The exhibition 
will also include ephemera from her 
many travels in the wilderness and the 
north; in collaboration with the U of T 
Art Centre. Gallery hours: Wednesday 
to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 
noon to 5 p.m. 


COMMITTEES 


Call for Nominations 

In accordance with Section 66 of the Policy on Librarians, the provost has issued a 
call for nominations of individuals to serve on the advisory committee that will advise 
the president on the appointment of the chief librarian. Carole Moore will complete 
her current term as chief librarian of the university June 30; she will not be seeking 
reappointment. The policy specifies that the vice-president and provost or designate 
will chair the committee. The committee will have 12 additional members of whom no 
fewer than seven shall be appointed from within the library system and of whom no 
fewer than four will be librarians in this university. The committee will be appointed 
by the vice-president and provost and be as representative of the university 
community as is feasible. 

Nominations for the committee should be sent by June 10 via the vice-president 
and provost's website online form at www.provost.utoronto.ca/committees/advisory/ 
LIBR.htm. Questions should be directed to Helen Lasthiotakis, director (academic 
programs and policy), at 41 6-946-0501; h.lasthiotakis@utoronto.ca. 


U OF T ART CENTRE 
Doris McCarthy: 

Roughing It in the Bush. 

June 19 to July 24 

To commemorate the centenary of 
Doris McCarthy, the Doris McCarthy 
Gallery at U of T Scarborough and the 
U of T Art Centre will collaborate to 
present a large exhibition curated by 
Nancy Campbell, celebrating a life of 
unceasing esthetic creativity. Laidlaw 
Wing, University College. Gallery hours: 
Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; 
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. 



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Pond Ecology. 

Saturday, June 19 

Grab one of the nets and buckets and 
meet the array of creatures in and 
around our ponds. Learn about the life 
and death struggles they face to survive 
and reproduce between freezes. 
Workshop instructor. Shannon 
McCauley, post-doctoral fellow at U of T. 
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Koffler Scientific 
Reserve at Jokers Hill, 17000 Dufferin 
St., King Township. Fee $60, includes 
instruction, materials and lunch. 
Registration: http://ksr.utoronto.ca. 



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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 • UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BULLETIN 


SCHOLARLY 

COMMUNICATION „ 



“Scholarly communications covers a broad 
range of activities, including the discov- 
ery, collection, organization, evaluation, 
interpretation and preservation of primary 
and other sources of information, and the 
publication and dissemination of scholarly 
research. ” 

Mellon Foundation, 2008 Annual 
Report, 30. 

When you think of innovation, 
scholarly communication might not 
come to mind but the turn to the digi- 
tal is potentially as “disruptive” here as 
it has been elsewhere. 

Why does it matter? Scholarly 
communication is central to every 
scholar’s career. The outputs of schol- 
arly activities are the building blocks of 
reputation. They are key in decisions 
about tenure and promotion and in the 
allocation of research grants, academic 
awards and honours. They are signifi- 
cant not only for individuals but for 
institutions. The collective scholarly 
record informs the metrics and rank- 
ings that differentiate universities in 
the competition for resources. So, much 
depends on scholarly communication. 

Scholarly communication is often 
defined narrowly to mean publication 
and dissemination of scholarly research 
primarily through books, monographs 
and journal articles. The Mellon 
Foundation’s 2008 definition [above] 
expands this to include a range of activ- 
ities from discovery to dissemination 
and leaves space for the changes emerg- 
ing as the digital is increasingly embed- 
ded in all aspects of everyday life. 

What does this mean for schol- 
arly communication? The answer, 
in large measure, could, or more strong- 
ly, should, depend on scholars. The 
technical and material conditions offer 
up a set of possibilities but the particu- 
lar practices that emerge, the different 
ways of understanding the opportuni- 
ties and challenges are social. However, 
scholars are not alone — publishers, 
research funders, university administra- 
tors, librarians and IT specialists and 
others each play a role in the scholarly 
communication system. The range of 
intellectual and financial interests sug- 
gests the potential for unanticipated 
consequences is high. 

What’s happened so far? Scholars 
generally have now adapted their prac- 
tices to engage with digital technolo- 
gies, especially when this has improved 
their work practice in some way. Access 
to the journal literature online and 
increasingly to books online has gener- 
ally been well received. The cost of this 
access did not affect scholars directly, 
at least not initially. However, as sub- 
scriptions to journals began to be cut 
in the 1980s — largely in the scientific, 
technical and medicals fields where 
the cost is high, and others realized 
that libraries collectively face regular 
expenditures of millions of dollars for 
the licensing fees to support this access, 
many began to wonder if there might 


be another way. 

Open Access (OA) — literature that 
is accessible online free of charge and 
free of most copyright and licensing 
restrictions — is one response. OA is 
not prescriptive in terms of “where” a 
scholar publishes — she can continue 
to publish in the society, commercial 
or open access journals of her choice, 
and the majority of commercial journal 
publishers, at least in the sciences, now 
permit some form of open access. Open 
access urges scholars to self-archive, 
that is, to include their work in an 
online archive or repository accessible 
to all. Today there are 1,764 institution- 
al and subject archives or repositories, 
including U of T’s T-Space, listed in the 
Registry of Open Access Repositories. 
The contents are discoverable through 
Google and an argument for self- 
archiving is that it makes your work 
available to the global community. 

By way of example, last week I 
received email from a faculty member 
interested in a paper I recently posted to 
T-Space. The paper, written for a special- 
ized art and design conference, had been 
published in a volume with limited dis- 
tribution. When the paper was initially 
accepted, I reserved sufficient rights to 
make the paper available in T-Space and 
there were several wins — the paper 
counts academically as it was peer- 
reviewed, I enjoyed the benefit of an 
intimate and specialized meeting, I have 
a small volume for my bookshelf and I 
am assured of global access to my work. 

Public funding and access are 
increasingly linked. Major funders, 
including the U.S. National Institutes 
of Health and Canadian Institutes of 
Health Research, have passed mandates 
requiring publications that result from 
publicly funded grants be deposited in 


an online, openly accessible archive. 
Harvard, University College London 
and others have passed mandates or 
policies in support of OA practices and 
articles on OA appear regularly in pub- 
lications such as The Chronicle of Higher 
Education. OA was a theme at the recent 
2010 Congress of the Humanities and 
Social Sciences. 

Who pays? Technology often makes 
explicit what was formerly implicit. 

The Internet, the World Wide Web 
and the 1993 launch of Mosaic, the 
browser that made the web openly 
accessible to millions of non-technical 
people around the globe, have made it 
possible to do things in new ways and 
encourage inquiry into traditional prac- 
tices. Research on the economics of 
publishing by commercial, society and 
OA publishers, university presses and 
scholars has exploded. This engage- 
ment, or what at times looks more like 
a battleground, is generating new ideas. 
In the university sector consider the 
University of California’s eScholarship 
which “provides a suite of open access, 
scholarly publishing services and 
research tools that enable departments, 
research units, publishing programs, 
and individual scholars associated with 
the University of California to have 
direct control over the creation and 
dissemination of the full range of their 
scholarship.” 

To this point my focus has been 
largely on text-based content, or on 
doing old things in new ways. What 
about doing new things? Not to men- 
tion asking new questions, developing 
new methodologies and creating and 
working with multimedia content. 

Here too experiments are underway 
across the intellectual landscape. A 
technology infrastructure referred to as 


cyberinfrastructure that combines mass 
storage, high-performance computing 
and other core technologies is leading 
to new network applications, not only 
for scientists but also for humanists 
and social scientists. Rome Reborn, an 
international collaborative project is 
one example. Hybrid forms that bridge 
the physical and virtual worlds also 
exist. Ubimark books, part of Sorin 
Matei’s research at Purdue, incorporate 
QR codes in physical books. The codes 
can be “translated” by a smart phone to 
open an embedded URL or other infor- 
mation. It’s easy to see how a scholarly 
paper or book in cinema studies, his- 
tory or art might be enhanced if the 
reader had immediate access to the film 
clips and the images being analysed 
and discussed. 

Are we looking in only one 
direction? The continued struggle 
with the cost of text-based dissemina- 
tion may turn out to be short-sighted 
indeed as new ways of creating and 
disseminating knowledge come increas- 
ingly to the fore. It’s unlikely these 
will be less expensive, and who will 
pay? 

Do new practices and forms of 
knowledge creation “count”? 

Scholars interested in new practices, 
methodologies and media are unable 
to work in these ways if they “don’t 
count.” Individual disciplines and fields 
have accepted norms about what consti- 
tutes knowledge and how the legitimacy 
of a new knowledge claim is established. 
While faculty are appointed to a depart- 
ment, faculty or other academic unit 
that regulates and administers the 
reward system of tenure, merit and pro- 
motion, it is the scholarly communities 
to which individual faculty members 
belong, who through processes such 
as peer review, evaluate the claims on 
which local institutional decisions 
depend. Senior faculty may be able to 
afford the risk associated in engaging 
with new practices, yet is often their 
junior colleagues who are at the leading 
edge of these changes who can't afford 
to move away from traditional, often 
print-based forms. How might new 
work be evaluated? And what’s lost 
if it doesn’t count? 

There are more questions than 
answers and your input will help shape 
the future of scholarly communication. 
If you’ve stayed with me this far, I hope 
that I can engage you in my research. A 
survey to better understand emerging 
trends, attitudes and practices regard- 
ing scholarly communication at the 
University of Toronto is forthcoming. If 
you receive an invitation to participate, 

I hope that you'll do so. 

Gale Moore is a member of the graduate 
faculty, Department of Sociology; 
former director of the Knowledge Media 
Design Institute; and member of the 
Tri-campus Scholarly Communication 
Working Group, University of Toronto 
Libraries. 


MAREK CIEZKIEWICZ